The residential city
Situated close to Saxon Switzerland, the state capital Dresden, with its baroque backdrop, invites you to enjoy a stroll through the old walls, magnificent museums and lush, green gardens and parks. The residential city, which was initially built by Augustus the Strong in the design of Italian cities, continues to impress today with its baroque glamour and art nouveau grace.
The city's museums still house treasures from the time of Augustus the Strong to this day. For example, the art gallery houses one of the most beautiful women in the world: Raphael's Sistine Madonna has become as much of a myth as Dresden itself. The past glamour of what was once Dresden's court comes back to life when you visit the Green Vault. Meanwhile, Pillnitz and Moritzburg castles bear witness to the power and pomposity of the former electoral prince.
Modernism has also found its way into Dresden. Luxury-class cars have been produced for over ten years in a central location by the Great Garden with the VW Phaeton. A tour of this transparent factory gives visitors the chance to look over the shoulders of the factory workers. In contrast, the trendy Neustadt district features a more funky and creative atmosphere. Guests can enjoy a hint of the city's old art nouveau glory in this student district, whilst enjoying a scenic tour of the local pubs.